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PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

French logistics group aims to double SA business by 2020

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 France-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017
The E-TURN32 as it is a fully electric, computer numerically controlled machine, with all axes using Siemens drive technology and servo-motors. It can bend in 15 axes movements, roll and punch different sizes of tube up to 50.8 mm in diameter, and in any material, such as ferrous, non-ferrous and specialty metals, except plastic

SA auto firms join Tripartite Free Trade Area talks

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

Solutions specialist expands product range

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Electrical solutions specialist Magnet Electrical – a subsidiary of Magnet Group – has extended its range of automation solutions with the addition of automation systems company Schneider Electric’s new Altivar ATV320 variable-speed drives (VSDs). 

Solutions specialist expands product range
ALTIVAR ATV320 This system has been developed to optimise design and engineering costs

Volvo Trucks makes further investment into Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

New-vehicle sales growth possible in 2017, 2018, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) believes it is still possible for the new-vehicle market to grow in 2017, despite “prevailing political and economic uncertainties”. The sales projections for 2017 and 2018, put forward by the association in its newest... 

 New-vehicle sales growth possible in 2017, 2018, says Naamsa

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum in... 

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Ismail Vadi

Ford’s R1m offer a slap in the face, says Reshall Jimmy’s family

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 The family of Reshall Jimmy, who died after his Ford Kuga burst into flames in December 2015, revealed on Thursday that they had felt deeply insulted by the company’s offer of another Ford vehicle, valued up to R1 million. Renisha Jimmy, Reshall’s sister, said outgoing Ford sub-Saharan Africa... 

General Motors rebuffs allegations of acting in bad faith

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 General Motors (GM) on Wednesday rebuffed allegations that it had acted unilaterally without consulting trade unions about its disinvestment from South Africa and the resulting imminent retrenchments. This comes after GM announced last week that it was disinvesting from South Africa and that it... 

SACP denounces disinvesting General Motors acting in bad faith

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The South African Communist Party (SACP) came out in support of workers at General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and its supply chain on Wednesday, denouncing the disinvesting company for allegedly acting unilaterally and in bad faith towards the labour movement. “The SACP expresses its message of... 

Numsa demands full disclosure of GM deal with Isuzu

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Wednesday that it was demanding full disclosure on General Motors' (GM's) deal with Isuzu. This comes after the Numsa officials met with GM employees on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth to discuss details of the company’s decision to... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles

GM’s exit from SA likely to see the loss of 589 jobs 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will, most likely, cut 589 jobs at GM South Africa (GMSA) as it restructures to form Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA), says GMSA. GMSA employs around 1 800 people. 

GM’s exit from SA likely to see the loss of 589 jobs

GM’s departure from SA will hurt suppliers, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will “have negative consequences on component suppliers to the company’s existing Chevrolet assembly lines”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. “We... 

GM’s departure from SA will hurt suppliers, says Naacam
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year
The proposed Msikaba bridge

BAW, IDC invest R250m to expand Gauteng minibus taxi plant

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

Gautrain aiming to augment bus fleet with smaller vehicles

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The Gautrain system will, in the next few months, go out on tender for a number of buses additional to its existing fleet, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “We would look at deploying smaller buses on additional routes, as well as some larger, more fuel-efficient buses. We... 

Weak economy continued to exact toll on new-vehicle sales in April

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new... 

General Motors pulls out of SA, GMSA to become Isuzu Motors SA

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) on Thursday announced that it would disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

General Motors pulls out of SA, GMSA to become Isuzu Motors SA
GMSA president and MD Ian Nicholls

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2017 A leading trade expert is urging those South African businesses currently benefiting from preferential market access to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to begin to “wean” themselves off such benefits, owing to the increased risk of those preferences being revoked ahead... 

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns
Tutwa Consulting Group MD Peter Draper

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2017 JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack, has grown its subscriber base by 19%, to more than 600 000 subscribers over five continents, in the financial year ended February 28, compared with the previous financial year, says CEO Zak... 

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market
Zak Calisto

France’s ID Logistics aims to double its SA business by 2020

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2017 France-based logistics company ID Logistics hopes to double the size of its business in South Africa by 2020, in terms of revenue and number of contracts and customers, says ID Logistics South Africa (SA) MD Etienne Juillard. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 2012, with a contract... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2017 Fleet management and logistics solutions company Barloworld on Monday posted a 5% increase in its operating profit for the six months ended March 31, to R1.84-billion, as its automotive division achieved record results and its overall equipment division boasted strong growth amid challenging... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela speaks on the company's results. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva 15/05/2017

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share
Fuso assembly at the East London plant

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets
Dr Norman Lamprecht

BMW’s Rosslyn plant to start producing X3 early next year

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Chief selected for Imperial’s newest business venture

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

Daimler testing the effects of augmented lighting on health of truckers

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 A research team from German truck maker Daimler recently explored an interesting question in the darkness of Finland’s polar night: Does the biological effect of light have a positive influence on the wellbeing and performance of truck drivers? Eight Daimler test drivers simulated two typical... 

Online bidding platform aims to ‘disrupt’ truck transport industry

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Linebooker wants to do for the truck transport industry what Uber’s introduction did within the metered taxi industry – disrupt the traditional business model, cut costs and improve competitiveness and convenience. A spinoff from the innovation arm of CCS Logistics (part of the Oceana Group),... 

NWU starts project to manufacture affordable artificial limbs

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2017 The North-West University (NWU) has started a project that may culminate in the manufacture of affordable artificial limbs. The NWU’s Faculty of Engineering, in Potchefstroom, is trying its hand at designing and manufacturing prosthetic limbs, with the aim of selling them at a fraction of the... 

NWU starts project to manufacture affordable artificial limbs
CP Kloppers, Theunis Nel and master’s degree student Jako van Rooyen

UK needs post Brexit deals with Turkey, SA, not just EU – Ford

By: Reuters     10th May 2017 Britain needs to strike post-Brexit trade deals with countries such as Turkey and South Africa as well as the European Union, Ford said on Wednesday, underlining the scale of the challenge facing Prime Minister Theresa May to meet business demands. Ford, Britain's biggest automotive... 

UK needs post Brexit deals with Turkey, SA, not just EU – Ford
Ford Europe CEO Jim Farley

Gautrain looks to procure new, smaller buses 

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2017 The Gautrain system will, in the next few months, go out on tender for a number of buses additional to its existing fleet, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “We would look at deploying smaller buses on additional routes, as well as some larger, more fuel-efficient buses. We... 

Gautrain looks to procure new, smaller buses

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant
Zhang Wei, Geoffrey Qhena and Lian Zhaoshan

VW looks to halt losses in Americas, Russia by 2020

By: Reuters     8th May 2017 Volkswagen's core brand has pledged to end losses in the United States, Latin America and Russia by the end of the decade, counting on cost cuts and higher-margin new models as it tries to move beyond its diesel emissions crisis. Europe's largest automaker is pursuing efficiency measures to... 

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